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and i've already had calls today about, you know, i got some more guns, but we're not ready for that yet. thanks a lot to everybody concerned and, you know, we did really do something that i think is very, very meaningful and that's getting 600 guns off the street and i hope we're able to do more sometime. thank you. >> thank you, chief. please call the next line item. >> line item 3a -- 3b, occ director's report. >> good evening. >> good evening. we're not going to give a report tonight. as you mentioned, commissioner, director hicks will be back and we'll do it in january. >> thank you very much. please call 3c >> commission reports,
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commission president's report, discussion ?oo ?a i've already given my report, commissioners, anything you'd like to add? commissioner kingsley. >> i want to let my fellow commissioners know on the commissions we have for the november and december months i have reviewed the dgo810 report and signed off on that and for anybody that is not aware of what the dgo810 is about, essentially the police commission has the responsibility to review the report that's prepared by the department in connection with law enforcement on criminal matters in relationship to second amendment activities. and the commission is responsible for looking at that report and reviewing it for
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compliance and signing off on it. so let you know that happened. >> thank you very much, commissioner kingsley. commissioner loftus. >> yes, i just had a couple things. i think we talked a lot about the bravery and heroism and the crying, especially on my part, around officer gritch and cloud and thanks, commissioner mazzucco. i think it's important, i said it then, we often talk about what's wrong with the department and that's definitely a role we have and something we have to do, but it's important to talk just as much about what's right with the department and to be present when the officers were recounting finding this baby that wasn't raining and it was raining at 2:00 am and going under a muni stop, i'm sure you all have stories like this, all the 2,000 officers that we don't see, have these stories
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where you are called for this service. a lot of being a police officer is going into harm's way when there's a shooter and a lot of it is being the only person that can save a life. i was really proud of these officers. they are like celebrities to me, i was taking pictures with my i phone. i look forward to the awards that are going to be coming. the second thing was the department participated in the attorney general's review of the state of human trafficking in california. i talked a little bit about this at our joint meeting, but that report was issued, i'm sure that i see lieutenant jean is here, i know the department is looking at some human trafficking efforts and some collaborative work and there's a number of recommendations in there. just for the commission i think there will be some interesting things for us to look at recommendation-wise. the third thing has to do with the tragedy in connecticut. my day job is we're building a center in bayview to address the impact of adverse childhood experience and exposure to
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violence and trauma on children. obviously this type of trauma is in a league of its own. but one of the experts we work with is dr. victor care 81 from stanford and he shared with me and i shared with my daughter's school so i want to share with everyone, a lot of us are hearing recommendations on the today show but we benefit from the bayview area with having access to these experts. i want to share these recommendations on children exposed to violence. the first is that we should reduce exposure, children need protection from the media, which is pretty intuitive but a good reminder for me. talking about the event should not be clear but lines of discourse should be open. provide a message of safety and i think that's what we're talking about here, especially the police department represents that. let children know we're here to protect them and it's our
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responsibility to keep them safe and finally, i think this was president mazzucco's question, seek help when needed. special populations will be at risk now. i wanted to share that information, that's part of my day job and make sure people can benefit from that. >> thank you very much. commissioners, anything further? please call line item 3d >> commission announcements and scheduling of items identified for consideration at future meetings. action. >> thank you, commissioners, commissioner turman. >> i wanted to announce that in keeping with our public hearings the commission, the oca and department, to hold meetings with the department regarding options we have arrived at a schedule. we are starting a little bit later than expected on the schedule,
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which will begin in 2013, that is through no fault of the department. it was mostly through having to schedule around the commissioner, myself in particular, because we wanted to make sure that all 3 members of the commission subcommittee would be able to be present. that committee being myself, commissioner chan from this office along with the department, the occ and member s of the public. and the dates which will be announced publicly, put up on our web site and announced in other ways, those dates are january 22nd, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the hamilton recreation center. february 4, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the scotish rites center and february 8, 2013, at the bayview opera house. so that information will be made available to the
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public, we hope to have as much participation from a wide array of san franciscoans as possible. thank you. >> thank you. commissioner kingsley. >> in light of what happened in newtown, connecticut, last friday i think it has focused the attention of all of us throughout the country in whatever capacity we live and work in, but particularly those of us that are working in some way with law enforcement. and we have the attention of folks around us now, the communities at large around this issue. what happened on friday is truly off the chart and beyond belief because children, large numbers of children, were the
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victims in this instance. at the same time when these mass killings, these mass shootings occur, everybody becomes very upset and distraught about it and little actually happens. a larger problem are the 30-plus,000 people that die from gun violence each year. another part of this problem. and i propose that while we have our focus on this that this commission focuses on reducing gun violence in san francisco. as the chief indicated, 45 of the homicides this year related to gun violence. there are probably other results or other deaths from guns from suicides,
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et cetera, that aren't included in that number. as the chief has always said in reporting some of these statistics, our numbers are down in relation to history. our numbers aren't what some of our neighboring communities are experiencing. but at the same time 45 are 45 too many. so i would propose that this commission commit to expending some time and energy and effort working with the department, some of the members of the commission working with the department and the chief has indicated, just confirmed what is already very apparent, his willingness and readiness to work on this issue and president mazzucco has also
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expressed concern and dedication for us to be looking at this as well. so i propose that we do address this. we decide on a time and a meeting to allow the community to come forward and tell us, you know, what their thoughts and feelings are in terms of gun violence in this city or measures that could be taken, but that we also look at it from a professional law enforcement perspective and invite the other, you know, key players in the city, the mayor's office, the board of supervisors, occ, of course, and everybody to, you know, roll up their sleeves and look at the best of what's out there professionally to see if we can't improve on our statistics in san francisco. so that's my proposal on the
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table. >> i agree. if we can have a presentation with the community present and have the chief explain about what our police department does, for example, with atf in terms of taking guns off the street, i know there's programs in place with that. just anything we can do to help. as i'll say, we're going to close this meeting tonight and commissioner kingsley is going to close the meeting in honor of the victims in connecticut, she'll have some things to say then, but gun violence has had an adverse impact on members of this commission and i see this as an opportunity to protect others from that. >> if i can add, i think anything we do in the city based on the recent collaboration we just had would certainly be welcome by everyone. you and i know, criminals travel, guns travel. i think anything we do they would certainly want to know about, maybe be part of, maybe listen to, and i think that has
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to happen because, you know, like i say, this is not a local issue, obviously. people travel all the time. so i think at least letting them know what we're doing, i'm sure they would welcome that. they may want to do something similar and at some point maybe we can do it jointly. >> good idea. >> i think that's a great suggestion. definitely want to support it, want to get a sense of when we want to do this, make sure this happens and see what kind of help you need to get this done so we can all work on this together. i want to just put an idea out there. i know that what's important is gun legislation reform and there are, there may be some proposals put out there in the near future, some were announced today by our president and we might want to think as a commission about putting forth letters and even lobby visits to the extent we
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can to support that legislation. i want us to be very concrete in what we do and of course we will consult with our attorney to make sure we go as far as we can to do what we are allowed to do. >> thank you, commissioner chan. any further public comment on this? we will now have public comment on items b, c and d hearing none -- come forward. >> good evening again, robert davis. i was wondering why don't we have more opportunities for the city to buy back guns instead of one time or once a year or twice a year, why not have a room where you are turn in a gun and why not increase the money, the money that you get when you turn in a gun? make it a little bit sweeter to turn in a gun. >> this will not be the last gun buy back. >> but how many times do we do that in a year, gun by backs?
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>> this was the first gun buy back in some time. we used to do them, if i recall correctly, commander cepb shah when he was here was the last time we did them twice a year. >> well, every community meeting at the bayview station we talked about guns, guns turned in, guns found, guns guns guns. if we were more proactive they'd be getting guns offer the street, we'd get more guns back. i'm sure there's money available for that. it just seems to be common sense. >> i think this is the kind of thing we would elicit in the open forum that commissioner kingsley talked about. but i think there were elements present in this that haven't been present in the past. there was private do you knowers. the gpbs actually came from the community people and we turned it over to the police. it wasn't initiated by the police. it may be on in the future but this is the kind of thing we talk about when we have a hearing on something
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like this so thank you for the suggestion. >> again, logistically we're not supposed to talk back and forth but we are on this issue. is it fair to say if somebody has a gun to surrender to the police department without funds being available, how do they do that? >> six people wouldn't take any money on saturday, they just insisted on turning the gun in. anybody can turn a gun in at any police station, although i would suggest that you would go in without the gun and tell the police officers you have a gun to turn in lest you be a guest inside the station. >> that's what i was getting at. >> just say, hey, i have a gun to surrender, can you come outside and the officers will render it safe. >> any further public comment on these items? public comment is now closed. please call the next line item. >> line item 4, discussion and possible action to recommend that the board of supervisors adopt a resolution authorizing
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the chief of police to retroactively accept and extend a grant in the amount of $200,000 from the california emergency management agency for the anti-human trafficking task force program. action. >> thank you, good evening, lieutenant jean. >> commissioners, i whole heartedly wish that you grant this expense for the department. as you know, human trafficking is becoming a very profitable means for gangs to make money. next to drug trafficking i'd say human traffics is the second world's most profitable crime at this point and a continuing problem that's growing as commissioner loftus does know. there's different types of human trafficking. there's sex trafficking, there's labor trafficking and domestic services so there's different
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types of human trafficking. public perception is this is a problem from different countries and what we're discovering is the majority of human trafficking is actually american citizens. they are being trafficked from state to state. as we do know, human trafficking involves force, fraud or coercion of labor or services. it's a crime against men, women and children of every nationality and social economic status. human trafficking is a low risk high profit crime and it's, the reason why it's very profitable and low risk is because it's underground a lot. they are using internet services, they are using all different types of services, massage parlors to traffic women and children throughout the united states, so i really urge you to say yes to this and if there's any
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other questions i can answer for you, i will gladly do that. >> thank you, lieutenant. commissioner kingsley. commissioner loftus, i'm sorry. >> go ahead. lieutenant, thank you very much. just your few minutes here are very informative. i'm wondering what exactly will be done with the $200,000. >> what we're looking to do is increase the investigations. it's very time-consuming. the elements to discover human trafficking, it can come in different forms. it can be a deaf domestic violence call that results in us finding human trafficking. we have some stats for you regarding what was investigated and at this point last year we had 107 cases that were investigated. we had 74 identified victims of human trafficking. that was just law enforcement based, a
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total of 369 victims were identified through services provided through agency-specific legal outreach or other services. what we're trying to do is work in cooperation with them so the police department and the asian pacific islander outreach, we want to work with them providing available assistance to them for crime victims of human trafficking residing in san francisco. we will do the investigation, they will do the support and outreach to them to get them out of that and preventive services to help them live their life, gain control of their lives again. >> so will the money be used it hire people or train people in this area that are already employees of the department? where are the dollars actually? >> we already have human trafficking unit together under special victims unit. we have two full-time -- we have inspector flores along with
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officer brian keebler investigating full-time and also have two officers working on a rotation basis right now but we'd like to keep them for a little longer. we're not looking to hire anybody else, we're using the funds to continue doing what we're doing. >> i have to acknowledge this is inspentor antonio flores he's about as senior and capable a investigator for special victims as any place. he is a shrinking violet. >> just to elaborate a little bit more, our vision with special victims, as you know we're under that umbrella. some of the goals that we'd like to do is also train first responders to recognize immediately when they come on a scene to recognize that possibly the individual may be involved in an activity that is possibly illegal but they are
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treated not as a suspect but as a victim of human trafficking. also working with our agencies, actually we have human trafficking 101 that will be sitting on a panel along with other advocate groups on january 15, 2012 -- i mean 2013 of next year. so make this available for all of you to be even more educated on that. as far as for victims, we're also looking to be more informative to victims when they identify themselves as victims of human trafficking, going online and seeing services out there. i got a lot of this information from the recent attorney general's report that we got a lot of the ideas from and also regarding the cross training. right now we teach a 30-minute block at the academy at the advanced officers, that is what myself and i'd like to give special thanks to sergeant
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arlan van derbilt because he was the founder of what we're doing now. a lot of cross training, cross training working with other agencies, getting tips and training the officers to recognize because it is the first responder that comes in contact with victims, they are the ones that actually make the impression and actually help down the road having that person cross over. what you'll notice is that the domestic violence cases are very similar to human trafficking cases. i know the report last week regarding one of the law enforcement tools that we use is obviously the uv sets and tv sets that allows these individuals, maybe they are here illegally and possibly they don't want to come forward because of their status. the chief said this is a sanctuary city and this enables us to help them individuals to come forward to make the cases better. so we're looking forward to working with the
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u.s. attorney's office and also the district attorney's office. we were very successful last year on a unique case involving food vendors where we were able to identify victims of trafficking from mexico to arizona to san jose that ended up here in san francisco then we brought that case to the fbi and all four were indicted and pled guilty to smuggling charges. >> commissioner loftus was next. thank you. >> well, i'm just so thrilled to hear this presentation. i think you all know, human trafficking is something that is a crime that hides in plain sight. the victims often look and appear like they are prostitutes or they are people who could be working as a dish washer in a restaurant and they are all around us. and so one of the major holes that we found is that people thought human trafficking was something the feds do when actually
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there's a big swaugt of gang members who are, the term is running girls through cities and no one is seeing it. so i feel like this is really -- and to have inspector flores working on this, someone who is a legend, someone who helped us hold accountable people who have committed horrific acts of domestic violence while helping make the victim whole at the same time and having such profound respect for victims of violence. so the fact you are working on this is incredible and i want to echo what the two of you said. the attorney general said 80 percent of the victims of human trafficking are american born. it's vulnerable kids, foster kids, brought into modern day slavery and it is hoer rifrk and make no mistake, it's happening here in san francisco. it's going to take a lot of work to
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recognize these victims and train officers to do that. it's hard to make those cases when you lose the trust of the victim and imagine a girl who is actually being trafficked and encountered law enforcement and she's put in jail as if she was the perpetrator. it's really tough for any da to then hold that trafficker accountable. i think it's really important and what i hear you guys saying is you're not, there are no new positions being created but these funds are going to be used to fund the trainings and the positions that you currently have. is that right? >> yes, we're always looking to get more people into special victims unit but what's unique about having special victims unit with domestic violence, the sopp program, everybody is very aware now of human trafficking and as officer flores was speaking earlier, db will get a call out, there's a human trafficking element to it, they will get him on the
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phone or me on the phone and we will run with it that way. the complexity of the investigations, because it normally involves numerous victims, numerous suspects and they are moving the women around, not only in san francisco but to different states. so it's very complex investigations but as we were saying earlier, we do have two convictions strictly on human trafficking but we have other convictions through possibly domestic violence or we have them through gun -- the gun charges, whatever we can get them on. >> if we can't do the human trafficking portion we always have another crime. usually there is another crime that we can possibly do with or without the victim's cooperation. it's up to us to build his case using all the tools we can. >> i know there's two new laws that come into effect in january that have to do with
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assets, it's part of the package, i won't beat the attorney general's drums too much, but we expanded the assets that officer can seize and freeze of a suspected trafficker during the investigation. in the new year we should try to find some time to get some training for that. >> dr. marshall, commissioner turman? >> i don't want to shock you or anybody else, i know just from doing radio shows on this whole thing the number of exploited minors in this whole thing, i mean it's tremendous. i kind of knew it, but all these young girls and i know recpbltly they are now looked upon as exploited minors as opposed to people who are willingly participating in this kind of thing. and this probably follows up from what i said before, and i think you've
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done this already, folks in the business are always looking for a different place to go to do their business so i know you have, i know you've been in contact with oakland and surrounding areas because they move people all the time. chief, i just want to ask, how much are we involved both regionally and nationally in this whole -- are there forums that go on? i know you have attended a couple things. >> as tony was saying, arlan vanderbilt brought this forward. i think he has a lot of credit and commissioner loftus is holding the department's feet to the fire and rightfully so. that's why we're looking for this grant and we'll be actually at some point in time growing the human trafficking unit as we get our staffing up to speed. >> also we do attend other meetings in the bay area so we attend a monthly meeting down in san jose, so we're
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constantly in communication with other sister agencies, not only law enforcement but also other advocate groups like, for example, not to get in too much detail, i talked to an attorney down in san jose right now where this person is willing to come forward regarding an incident so they feel confident to come to san francisco to talk about something that they've been tracking through the state of california. >> san francisco has been at the forefront of this. when kevin ryan was district attorney, he did something called operation human cage. i was prosecutor interviewing women who have been trafficked here from korea. it's right in front of us, all these massage parlors you go through in the city, in every neighborhood, have women in there who have been trafficked in foreign countries who are


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